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Mother, uncle arrested in B.C. woman's murder

A British Columbia woman and her brother have been arrested in connection with the decade-old murder of her daughter, who had married a man of whom her family did not approve.

On Thursday, the Supreme Court of British Columbia issued arrest warrants for Malkit Kaur Sidhu, 63, and Surjit Singh Badesha, 67, both residents of the Vancouver suburb of Maple Ridge. On Friday, police took the pair into custody. They face extradition to India to stand trial.

Jaswinder (Jassi) Kaur Sidhu, Ms. Sidhu's then-25-year-old daughter, was kidnapped and murdered in the Indian state of Punjab on June 8, 2000, her body left in a ditch. Her husband, Sukwinder (Mithu) Singh Sidhu, was badly hurt.

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The younger Ms. Sidhu, who had worked as a beautician in Maple Ridge, met her husband, a rickshaw driver, during a trip to India.

Seven people were convicted in India for their parts in the murder. Indian police uncovered evidence that Ms. Sidhu's family had ordered the killing from Canada and contacted the RCMP, the force said in a statement.

For 11 years, the RCMP worked with authorities in the Punjab to investigate the case and start extradition proceedings.

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Adrian Morrow covers U.S. politics from Washington, D.C. Previously he was The Globe's Ontario politics reporter. He's covered news, crime and sports for The Globe since 2010. He won the National Newspaper Award for politics reporting in 2016. More

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